Flower drumming

A Hitched magazine Style Sesh with Holly Hipwell of The Flower Drum

{the day}

Take self-taught floral {super} enthusiast, bucket-loads of market fresh flowers, a room full of eager students and style it all up like only the Hitched team can and you have the makings of a truly wonderful day.

Today I was luckily enough to spend the day with Holly Hipwell of The Flower Drum for Hitched magazine’s first Style Sesh for 2014 – Floral Styling with Holly Hipwell. With gorgeous fresh blooms to choose, from Holly led us through a table arrangement styling session in the morning and, after a delicious lunch from Mario’s Kitchen and some group mood board inspo, we tackled bouquet styling in the afternoon {harder than I thought!}.

It was grey & drizzly outside so, together with the dark walls of Studio Neon, we had the perfect moody backdrop for the vivid florals picked by Holly.  A delightful day; new skills learnt, tips & tricks {for buying, storing & styling florals} obtained and I gained a new appreciation for the beauty of flowers I would normally shy away from.  To top it off, not only did we take home an overflowing goodie bag… leftovers from lunch were packaged up to take home, perfect for the hardworking husband who was on call this weekend!

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{the details}

Venue – Studio Neon, Waterloo

+ Organised by – Hitched magazine

+ Florist – Holly Hipwell from The Flower Drum

+ Catering – Mario’s Kitchen

+ Blog photos – the photos in this post were taken by me {other than the three final shots of me holding up my bouquet – Holly got hold of my camera and took these sneaky ones}.

+ Style Sesh photography & videography – there was also a super photographer {Butterfly Bones Photography} and videographer {La Lune Cinema} capturing the day and I am sure their pics and videos will be up on the Hitched blog soon {I’ll add a link when they are up}.

If you have a chance to do a Style Sesh, I highly recommend it.  Details of future events can be found here.

xx Catherine JPEG

A hens on the harbour

For a chic hens-do combining drinks at Opera Bar, a trip across the Harbour and a late lunch at Ripples at Chowder Bay, catherine & grace was asked to provide the florals and a special floral headpiece for the bride-to-be.Sar hens blog image 1Sar hens blog image 2Sar hens blog image 3Photography & styling by catherine & grace

xx Catherine JPEG

Simple summer sundays: a family engagement celebration

A simple engagement dinner for my brother and his beautiful fiancée, using a palette of gold & white and lots of fresh flowers – a look that can easily translate to your Christmas table

{the inspiration}

I have been styling the house in a palette of gold and white in preparation for the festive season – see Feathers & fairy tales – a catherine & grace Christmas – so I wanted to carry that colour scheme through to the styling of the engagement dinner for my younger brother and his beautiful fiancée.  Not only does gold scream C E L E B R A T E  – it also meant I could use some of the items I had sourced or made for my holiday styling.

{the styling}

A piece of beautifully soft, white linen was strewn down our wooden table, twisted slightly and used as a very organic looking table runner.  Mini bottles were filled with white flowers & green foliage and placed along the table.  Guests were guided to their seats by place cards attached to kiwi fruit – a nod to the fact that my new sister-in-law to be is a New Zealander.  White linen napkins, white plates and crystal wine glasses on white & gold coasters completed the table setting.Hessian {burlap} cut into luggage tag shapes and dipped in gold glitter, together with crisp white paper tags were used as place cards, attached to kiwifruit with a toothpick.  Tip: use under ripe kiwifruit so you don’t get kiwi juice all over your table setting!Gold washi tape was used to decorate simple cream coasters.Armfuls of hydrangea, peonies and roses were sourced the morning before and casually placed in buckets along the console behind the lounge, together with a small posy at the front door.2013-12-01 - Will & Lou engagement diner BLOG - copyright Catherine Wilson for catherine & grace15Simple Summer Sundays BLOG image 1Simple Summer Sundays BLOG image 2Simple Summer Sundays BLOG image 3

{the food}

Keep things really simple for a Sunday evening, or for Christmas lunch.  Serving all cold dishes not only keeps you out of a hot kitchen on a hot Summer’s evening, it also removes the need to time the cooking of the meal… which means more celebrating for the host!  A quick trip to the fish markets in the morning and we came home with smoked ocean trout, prawns and Sydney rock oysters, plus ingredients for salads and some amazing cheeses and sourdough.  Place all the food on share platters, either in the middle of the table or on a side bench as we did.  Ensure there is plenty of ice-cold champagne, relax and enjoy!will & lou engagement dinner image 5

{the guests of honour}2013-12-01 - Will & Lou engagement diner BLOG - copyright Catherine Wilson for catherine & grace24{the details}

– Styling & photography by catherine & grace

– Kiwifruit & hessian place cards – a catherine & grace DIY

– Plates – Grosgrain dinner plate, by Vera Wang for Wedgwood available from Peters of Kensington

– Napkins – square white linen, by Linen & Moore, tied with Vandores white paper cord from Papier D’Amour & Gutermann gold embroidery thread from Spotlight {available at most good sewing stores}.

– White & glass mini bottles – catherine & grace

– Coasters – cream coasters decorated with gold washi tape from Crafty Creations 2013 on Etsy

– Florals – sourced from EQ Village Markets, styled by catherine & grace

– Vases & buckets – stylists own.

xx Catherine JPEG

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